State wildlife officials are cautioning hunters and anglers to be aware of early ice conditions before traveling onto and across state waters.
There have not been enough days when the high temperature has remained below freezing to produce stable ice on frozen stock ponds, sloughs, creeks and rivers, according to Game and Fish Department Education Coordinator Brian Schaffer.
"There are already small and midsized waters that show the appearance of safe ice, but looks can be deceiving," he said.
With deer season opening Friday, an estimated 60,000 hunters will be in the field the next two weeks. Schaffer said that even though deer might be able to make it across smaller waters, it doesn’t mean hunters can.
"Hunters walking the edges will not find the same ice thickness in the middle, as the edges firm up faster than farther out from shore," Schaffer said.